Most of everyone from this millennium spend an average of 2 hours on Facebook, the most popular of the social networking platforms. Many of us even take time out of our busy lives to devote attention to posts of our friends, laugh at memes, and sometimes read news and articles. We are all using Facebook for something or the other.
But, have you ever stopped to think how Facebook makes its money? It’s not just ads of pages and posts, that is just a side business. The real deal is the data and analysis conducted on it. From the posts you shared, to the pages you viewed and liked, from the messages you sent to the time to spent on the website. Everything you do on Facebook is monitored.
So now you know that you are being tracked and that Facebook admits to doing that. But the company isn’t the only thing which worries Facebook users. Accounts are hacked every day, profiles altered, vital information stolen and misused. How does someone safeguard their accounts from such threats?
Just follow these 10 simple yet secure tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim of cyber crime.
Top 10 best security tips to keep your Facebook account safe:
You don’t have to be an expert to implement these tips, just make sure that you follow the order of the steps.
1. Use a secure password
Make sure that your password has a minimum of 8 characters; the longer, the more time will be required to crack it. Don’t keep it basic like the name of your first crush, instead go for a combination of things to make it alphanumeric. You can make a couple of letters capitalized and also throw in a special character. All these things make it nearly impossible to hack your password using brute force attacks. My recommendation would be to use a random password generator. Some smart ones on the Internet can be filtered to use known information and make it a good password.
2. Log out From All Devices For Security
In an uneventful afternoon at cybercafe you forget to log out of your Facebook account. What would be your first thought? To change the password of course. But there is a better way. One which will not force you to depart with your beloved, well-thought password. Follow the steps to log out of all the devices where you opened Facebook.
- Log in to your Facebook account and access the settings.
- Now go to Privacy section and then navigate to Active Session.
- Now here you will see all the devices where your account is logged in, simply log out from all the devices except the one you are logged in from.
3. Unfriend unknown friends
Go on Facebook today and check your friend list. Until you’re a very conservative kind of person, I am sure you find that at least 50% of people on your friend list are unfamiliar faces or look like fake accounts. Sometimes these types of account turn fatal for your Facebook account as they can spam your wall or get access to your photos and misuse them. You can add this type of friends to the “Acquaintances” or “Restricted” list, by this they can see your posts, but you can remove them from your newsfeed. They cannot disturb you even if they are on your friend list, like this you can make a list of colleagues, family or friends to sort them according to preference.
To make a list open your profile and go to Friends, click on More and then make lists and sort accordingly.
4. Hide your Email Address & Mobile Number
The first thing required to regain access to your Facebook account would be either your email address or your mobile number. Therefore, it would be obvious to not display them publicly for not only Facebook hacking, but also the general threat of hacks. Doing so protects you from the harm of Social Engineering.
To hide your mobile number and email ID, go to Settings, then Privacy, then Contact information, here you have to change the privacy of your mobile number and Email ID to ‘only me.’ This will hide your personal information.
5. Tagging & Timeline: Security Tips
Sometimes your friends tag you in some photos that you are embarrassed of. Or sometimes you just simply want to stay away from the unnecessary hassle of notifications. Luckily you can easily filter the tags you don’t want to get involved with. If you want to stay away from unwanted tags. Follow these steps:
- First of all, go to settings.
- Then go to Tagging & Timeline section.
- Now here you will see the option of “Who can post on your Timeline?” , “Who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your Timeline?”, “Who can see what others post on your Timeline?”.
- Change the privacy of these options to “only me,” and enable “Review posts that friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline?”.
All these will keep your notifications amount to the minimal.
6. Phishing & Scam Login: Safety Tips
If you ever get an E-mail telling you to login to your Facebook account, it would be most likely to be a scam. Phishing is the most common and safe trick to obtain your password without you knowing it. When you visit the page linked, it will ask you your username and password, and when you do so, the password will be sent to the attacker. Daily thousands of phishing attacks takes place, and it is better to be cautious than regret later. Below are some tips to stay safe from phishing attacks.
- Do not log into a page which redirects you to a Facebook login page.
- Before login, check the SSL of the website. i.e., check if the website has HTTPS protocol before its link. If it shows HTTP instead, know that something is fishy.
- If you are Android user make sure you download only the official Facebook application and similarly from the App Store if you are an IOS user.
7. Use Login approval or Two-Factor Authentication.
Two-factor authentication is a security feature that helps protect your Facebook account in addition to your password. If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to enter a special security code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing Facebook from a computer or mobile device which Facebook doesn’t recognize. You can also get alerts when someone tries logging in from a computer which Facebook don’t recognize.
To turn on or manage two-factor authentication:
- Log in to your account, then go to settings and then security settings.
- Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit
- Choose the authentication method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Click Enable once you’ve selected and turned on an authentication method
8. Login Alert/Notification
You can also enable Login alert for your Facebook account, so whenever someone tries to log into your account, the IP Address, location, and user agent details will be sent to your Email-Id which is associated with your account.
To enable login alerts, follow below steps:
- Go to Setting and navigate to Security
- There you will see an option “Login Notifications,” click on edit.
- Now select the way of getting login notifications, which is either an email or a text message.
- Click on “Save Changes.”
9. Hiding your photos
Not everyone who visits your profile should be given access to your photos. Especially if they are not your friends. Luckily Facebook gives you an option to select who can see your photos.
- Firstly go to Facebook Settings
- Go to Privacy section.
- Now you will get different options to hide your posts; you can protect them by changing them to “only me.”
10. How to make your account secure?
When you have a feeling that your account has been compromised, then just follow the given steps:
- First of all open your browser and goto this link: http://www.facebook.com/hacked
- Follow all the given steps and change your password.
So now you know that you can do everything to safeguard your Facebook account in under 10 minutes and the best thing about this article is that most of these techniques work with other accounts like Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
If you are an avid user of Facebook, it is highly recommended to implement these 10 easy tips into your Facebook account. I am sure you’ll feel much safer knowing that you are doing everything you can to protect yourself from blackhat hackers.
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